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The District Council’s Annual Report

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The District Council are encouraging people to read their annual report, which you can download by clicking here.

Perhaps the most positive thing this year is recycling – we are back to being the number one district in England.

Cash For Trash

Rayleigh High Street Litter small

 

The District Council has a new initiative. For three months, when people put their litter in a bin in Rayleigh  High Street  they will be helping raise money for local charities….  The new campaign is a partnership between Rochford District Council and Keep Britain Tidy and is being supported by The Wrigley Company.

Each month, a different charity will be given up to £500 and the amount they receive will depend on the amount of litter in the bins. The charities that will benefit from the project are Wyvern Community Transport, The Mushroom Theatre Company and Rayleigh, Rochford and District Association for Voluntary Service (RRAVS).

Full story here.

 

 

We’re Rochford, Not Rochdale….

You may have already seen this on the telly, but here’s our council officer Richard Evans explaining how our district got to be no.1 in recycling:

Warning : bad language in the comments on Youtube

Recycling Banks?

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Town Councillor Bruce Smart would like some feedback from residents regarding something that is coming up at a Rayleigh Town Council meeting next Monday.

The District Council is asking the Town Council about the feasibility having new recycling banks at the following locations:

 

  • John Fisher Community Hall, Little Wheatley Chase
  • Pope John Paul II Hall, London Road
  • Rayleigh Leisure Centre , Priory Chase

 

As a ward councillor for Downhall, Bruce is particularly asking about the Priory Chase proposal (and is concerned if there’s any way this could delay the adoption of the road even further) but comments about any of these locations would be welcome.

The materials collected would be one or a combination of the following:

  • Glass, cans, plastic bottles and food and drink cartons
  • Newspapers and Magazines
  • Textiles and Electrical Items

Recycling Consultation From The County Council

 

The latest consultation from Essex County Council is on recycling centres- you can find it here.

Review of Essex County Council’s Recycling Centre Service

Essex County Council currently spends about £7m per year providing 21 Recycling Centres across the county for residents to dispose of their waste. Although some of these sites are modern, purpose built facilities many of the sites are old and small, starting life at a time when landfill was the only way we managed waste. However, the way in which waste is handled and these sites operate has changed in recent years, with an increasing need to separate many different materials. With this in mind a number of sites that we currently run may no longer be able to efficiently meet the needs of a modern Recycling Centre.

In addition to this, there have been many improvements to and an increase in the way that recyclable material is collected at the kerbside from households, which in turn, has resulted in fewer residents needing to take their recyclable material to the Recycling Centres. Due to the pressure from central government to make savings and to streamline services, Essex County Council is required to review and reshape the way services are delivered. With unprecedented savings of £235m required over the next 3 years all our services need to be looked at in order to deliver these more effectively and efficiently. The authority is keen to ensure that it continues to provide the best recycling services for its residents within available resource; however maintaining existing levels of service may not be achievable. The purpose of this survey is to collect information from residents that use our Recycling Centres.

We will then use the feedback to help us develop a Recycling Centre service strategy, ensuring we target our resources on those services that users deem most important.

Put Your Bin Out On The Right Day Over New Year… !

From the District Council website:-

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We’re Number One For Recycling – Again !

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As the district council website reports here Rochford has just been officially rated as the number one local authority in England for recycling.

That means we are the best out of 350 councils – with a 66.7 per cent recycling rate.

Credit should go to everyone concerned – the councillors who produced the original scheme (better than, say, Chelmsford’s), the staff who do the work everyday, and especially to the public for responding so well and making the effort to recycle.

Recycling Gridlock This Morning

The Recycling Centre in Castle Road, Rayleigh is grinding to a halt this morning. Because so many people have been going there this weekend nearly all the skips are full, so as at 11 am this morning they are using a dustcart parked inside to take most of the stuff . That’s making it harder for drivers to get out of there after they’ve unloaded their stuff….

Latest Weather News From The District Council

Waste Collections:

Waste collections have now returned to normal with the exception of Monday (21 Jan) and Tuesdays (22 Jan) compostables collections which will be collected next week on your normal collection day.

Sports Pitches:


Council officers have been out this morning (Friday Jan 25) inspecting pitches that are used for sport by local clubs over the weekends.

Having inspected all Council sports pitches we are afraid to say that the none of our pitches except Rochford Recreation Ground and Great Wakering Recreation Ground will be available for use this weekend.

Look At The District Council Website For Any News On Bin Collections

 

The District Council advise on their website:

Monday – All waste and recycling collections have been suspended until further notice due to adverse weather conditions. If possible, leave your bins presented at the boundary of your property for collection and continue to check the website for further updates and advice

Michelins Farm Likely To Become Industrial / Traveller / Recycling Site.

As the Echo have reported the District Council look set to create a Traveller Site at Michelins Farm, near the junction of the A127 and A1245.

It’s not been offically decided yet, but we can’t see the council picking another site now.

Although it is called a farm , it’s really just a piece of poorly -maintained land at the moment. One corner of the site would provide 15 pitches for travellers (=30 caravans), and the rest would become an industrial site. Also, the recycling centre in Castle Road, Rayleigh, would be moved here.

On the whole this looks to be the most suitable location for a traveller site in the District. It would also make it much easier to take enforcement action against unofficial traveller sites. However, some care will need to be taken to provide separation from the industrial uses.

The other possible sites that the council has looked at were the A1245 (where travellers are now) , Madrid Avenue off Rawreth Lane, and to the south of London Road. Michelins Farm does seem a better choice than these alternatives.

Though it will strike some people as odd that the council could find 5 potential sites in Rawreth and West Rayleigh, but not one possibility from Hockley, Hawkwell, Rochford, Ashingdon, Canewdon, Stambridge, Paglesham, Great Wakering, Barling, Shopland and Sutton put together. Perhaps a more suitable location has been overlooked.

Special Guests At Rawreth’s Meeting

Rawreth Parish Council meets next Wednesday at 7:30 in the Rawreth Village Hall.

This time District Councillor Mike Steptoe, who is in charge of grass-cutting, grounds maintenance and recycling, will be coming along to answer questions.

Paul Tovell, from Anglian Water, will also be coming to give an update on the Rayleigh West Treatment Plant.

Should be a good meeting. If you live in Rawreth, or near the parish, it could be worth coming along.

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